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Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show

Produced by LANESBORO ARTS, Over the Back Fence is a monthly variety show that has recorded in front of a live audience since 1994! Hosted by Damon Prestemon and showcasing a talented local cast, regional musicians and other guests, Over the Back Fence features a new theme and material each month with music, jokes, skits, poems, stories, sponsor interviews, audience participation, spontaneous humor, sing along songs and more. For more, visit: http://lanesboroarts.org/st-mane-theatre/over-the-back-fence/
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Nov 13, 2018

BRITISH INVASION closes out the 24th season of the show with songs like "When I'm 64," "I Go To Pieces," and "I'm Into Something Good." The Back Fence Gang reenacts a scene from James Bond, while Diana becomes Dr. Who. Musical Guest The Vintage Tones, a five-piece rock band from Rochester that specializes in the music of the early Beatles, summons the spirit of the British bands of the 60s and 70s. Featured sponsors are Estelle's Eatery & Bar and Thomas Manion Law Office. A sing along of "Those Were the Days' rounds out the show.

Oct 16, 2018

No good deed goes unpunished at the SEVEN DEADLY SINS show with songs like "You’re So Vain,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and "I Cain't Say No." The Back Fence Gang stage a skit about virtue and vice written by Scott Dixon of Lanesboro while Bonnie shares some poems. Musical guest the Lost Faculties, a five-piece band formed in 1997 with a classic rock ‘n roll repertoire that includes a touch of country and swing. Sponsor interviews are Dan Christainson of F & M Community Bank and Chelsey Clausen & Nolan Anderson of The Bite Restaurant. A sing along of "There’s a Hole in My Bucket" rounds out the show.

Sep 17, 2018

Locksmiths, blacksmiths & goldsmiths – oh my! FOLKS NAMED SMITH visit the St. Mane Theatre with songs like "People in Your Neighborhood” and "Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough." A preview of the upcoming History Alive pop-up plays are staged while Kay and David share some jokes. Musical guest Joel Ward is a veteran vocalist and guitarist based in Rochester, MN that specializes in original blues, folk and soul tunes. Sponsor interviews are Paul and Louanne Hamann of High Court Pub and Ken Graner from Merchants Bank. A sing along of "God Bless America" rounds out the show.

Aug 13, 2018

The St. Mane Theatre hosts a YARD SALE this month with songs like "Where Did You Get That Hat?" and "Who Will Buy?" Ole & Lars reprise a classic post-Buffalo Bill Days skit while the Back Fence Gang shares their weirdest yard sale finds. Special guest Al Batt, a popular writer, speaker, birder and humorist from Hartland, Minnesota, shares an expertly crafted story about a fateful trip back home with his parents from a family reunion. Musical guest The Singing Lawyers return for their 1st appearance on the show since 2013. Sponsor interviews are Mark Bishop from Niagara Cave and Erin Lavelle, artist in residence at Lanesboro Arts. A sing along of "Summertime, Summertime" rounds out the show.

Jul 17, 2018

Arr Matey! PIRATES invade the St. Mane Theatre with songs like “Davy Jones” and “A Pirate’s Life for Me.” Phil, Robin & Jerry stage a pirate-themed skit penned by Scott Dixon while Elaine & Mark share some swashbuckling jokes. Musical guest Chris Koza of Minneapolis performs a pair of original Americana-pop tunes before being joined by the Back Fence gang on his song "Wolves and the Ravens." Sponsor interviews are Eileen Moeller of Great River Shakespeare Festival and Tara Johnson of Lanesboro Public Library. A sing along of "Yo Ho" rounds out the show.

Jun 12, 2018

The Letter Z buzzes its way into Lanesboro with songs like “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” "Zorro," and "Zoot Suit Riot." The Brokken & Davis Comedy Minute returns while Sandy shares a reflection on the Lanesboro Phone Booth. Musical guest Namoli Brennet of Decorah has been touring with her own brand of moody and inspiring folk-rock music since 2002. Sponsor interviews are Matt Spencer of Singing Hammers Construction and Steve & Susie Harris of Anna V's Bed & Breakfast. Steve also chats about his new book "Lanesboro, Minnesota." A sing along of "Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)" rounds out the show.

May 14, 2018

PURPLE pride comes the St. Mane Theatre with songs like “Purple Rain,” “Sweet Violets" and “Barney, the Purple Dinosaur.” Bill & Karen share some jokes and Damon tells a story from his youth. Musical guest is Savannah Smith, an Eau Claire native currently living in the Twin Cities that wields only a ukulele, heartbreaking lyrics and a vocal prowess that excels at crafting beautiful melodies. Sponsor interviews are Travis Dundore from Old Barn Resort and Dave Harrenstein from the Whalan Stand Still Parade (courtesy of Cedar Valley Resort). A sing along of "The Purple People Eater" rounds out the show.

Apr 16, 2018

 

The gang goes far out on the STARS & PLANETS show with songs like “I’ll Follow the Sun,” “Venus” and “Starry, Starry Night.” David channels the spirit of Carl Sagan while Adrienne shares the story of 'Silent Sky.' Musical guest is Dan Israel, a veteran folk and roots rock singer-songwriter from the Twin Cities with a new album out entitled "You're Free." Sponsor interviews are Scott Taylor from Pedal Pushers Cafe and Jason Sethre from Fillmore County Journal. A sing along of “Swinging on a Star" rounds out the show.

 

Mar 12, 2018

A trip to IRELAND kicks off 24th season featuring songs like “Johnny Jump Up,” “The Parting Glass" and "Song for Ireland." The gang becomes Leprechauns to search for a pot of gold while Diana gives an epic Irish pub toast. Musical guest is Barbaro, a progressive bluegrass act from Minneapolis with a dynamic and captivating set for audiences of all ages and musical tastes. Sponsor interviews are Lori Bakke from Granny's Liquor and Walter Bradley from Thrivent Financial. A sing along of "The Rattlin' Bog" rounds out the show.

 

 

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